Thursday, June 27, 2013
Author Spotlight - Kamy Chetty
Today the Minxes are pleased to welcome contemporary romance, with medical drama, author Kamy Chetty.
1. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Firstly, thank you for having me here. I am a hopeless romantic who was born with Cupid’s smile(I’d like to think). I have always written about love and hope. I am a mother and wife and when I am not chasing deadlines and promoting books then I am a nurse.
2. What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th? (Nora only!)
This is my third published book. My first one was out in January this year and the second was out last month, so I have been busy.
3. Everyone who writes knows it's not easy - what methods do you use to keep at it on days when it would be so much easier to go shoe shopping?
I am the world’s biggest procrastinator and will find anything else to do instead of writing or editing but what I find works is the reward system. I tell myself that if I write a set amount of words then I get to watch my favourite movie or episode of True Blood.
4. What is your top promo tip for other authors?
Not to do it yourself unless you know what you’re doing. The best thing I could do was get a professional on board. I don’t have to worry about anything but writing and she does all the hard yards for me. Promotion is very important and I see that in the sales, you have to keep at it and you have to know what to do and how to do it. I always thought all I had to do was learn my craft and become published, well there’s an entire new learning curve once you get that contract.
5. How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing?
I wish I had the job that allowed me to write full time but I am not JKR, not yet :) So I work for five hours and when I get home I try and spend a few hours working on my writing.
6. Any craft books you recommend?
As a writer you also have to spend time researching and reading so it gets to be very busy. This an old one but it is still a good one. Dwight Swain - Techniques of the Selling writer. If there is one message this book taught me it is the motivation reaction units. I always read my work and make sure I write in the order it happens, it makes such a difference to the experience the reader gets.
7. Have you ever written a hero you'd be happy to run off with?
I would definitely run off with Nick in Breathe Again and it has nothing to do with the perfect abs or the uniform, okay, maybe it does. A little. But can you blame me? The man is sex on two legs, wouldn’t you want to run away with a man with that much power.
8. Keeping fit: Do you have an exercise regime to counterbalance all those hours sitting at a computer?
Well my exercise of choice is the treadmill while watching an episode of True Blood, this is my reward and it gives me at least fifty minutes of exercise.
9. Do you have any tips, tricks or sacrificial rituals you do when you hit a story roadblock?
When I hit a road block then I have to clear my mind. I light my candles and play my music, I do some deep breathing and I make notes with a pencil and paper. By then something clicks and I get a spark of an idea. If it gets really bad, then I have to step away from the situation and take a time out and watch a movie or take a shower and usually when I get back, I might have an idea or two.
10. Is there a book you haven't written yet that you're dying to? What genre?
At the moment I write contemporary romance and lots of medical drama but I would love to write something with paranormal elements in it. I love vampires, witches and psychics so anything that can bring that out would be a great book for me.
After a tour at war and countless shifts in the hospital emergency room, Nick knows that no matter how hard he tries to change things, people are the same. So when his estranged wife Skylar reveals that she stopped taking birth control and is pregnant, he shouldn’t be shocked.
Betrayal burns and panic sets in as memories of his shattered home life remind him that he can’t play happy families. Skylar knows one thing—she’s head over nurse’s shoes in love with the stubborn and unemotional Nick. She loves him enough to believe in the man he is, even though he can’t see it for himself and hides behind a mask. As he calls their child “hers” and tries to live apart from her, Skylar’s heart breaks, but she refuses to give up hope that he’ll do the right thing.
When disaster strikes, Skylar realizes Nick might never change, so she risks everything and sets him free, hoping he’ll come back, for her and their baby. Is heat, passion and a vow enough to seal this marriage and make them a family?
Their passion and devotion will make you root for them, and their sexual tension will set you ablaze.
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